Debut of ‘Party Car’ signals start of a Summer of Art

KC Streetcar #802 made its debut as the ‘Party Car’ on First Friday. The party rolls on daily.

First Fridays in Downtown Kansas City just got a little bit cooler.

On First Friday, June 1, the KC Streetcar Authority, along with Art in the Loop and Amy Kligman, unveiled the Streetcar Party Car as the latest art installation for Art in the Loop: KC Plays.

Kligman is the artist behind the vinyl wrapped streetcar known as the Party CarAmy created the Party Car by photographing party materials such as confetti, glitter, ribbons, balloons, tissue paper, and creating a design with them for the exterior of the streetcar. Party Car is meant to surprise and delight the public with bright, energetic, colorful designs that incite a sense of joy and playfulness. 

“Inspiration for the Party Car comes from work I’ve been doing for some time now – large scale collage installations of disposable party goods,” said Kligman, an Art in the Loop artist. “I liked the idea of a mobile party that people could encounter on their way to work, doing errands, or meeting a friend, that sparks conversation and positive interactions between strangers.  My hope is that it’s a moment of surprise and brings a smile to folks as they get about in their day.”

Bringing art such as the Party Car, Celestial Heap, and the Stranger on the Train to the streetcar line enhances the ridership experience for passengers while simultaneously bringing art to a new audience of people.

“The KC Streetcar is more than transporting people from point A to point B. It is also about making connections to new destinations and new social experiences,” said Donna Mandelbaum, communications director for the KC Streetcar Authority. 

Riders will also see art inside the Party Car alongside a tribute to the legacy of Teri Rogers who recently passed away. As KC Streetcar Authority Board member and Marketing Committee Chair, Teri helped shape the streetcar experience, from the look of the vehicles to the KC Streetcar brand to the graceful and artful design of the streetcar stops.

The Party Car is a tribute to Teri Rogers, chair of the KC Streetcar marketing committee, and a creative force in the Kansas City arts, business, creative and philanthropic worlds. Teri passed away this spring.

Teri was a creative catalyst who was passionate about the Crossroads community, the arts and the KC Streetcar, which she saw as a way to connect people from all over the City with the unique arts culture.  

“The Party Car is the embodiment of the teamwork that the KC Streetcar and Art in the Loop have developed over the years,” said Ann Holliday, director for Art in the Loop. “Through this teamwork we are able to not only put art on the streetcar but make the streetcar art itself.” 

In addition to the unveiling of the Party Car, First Friday started with an Art in the Loop lunchtime gallery reception at The Box Gallery in the Commerce Bank Building at 1000 Walnut.  The Box Gallery exhibit, which is free, is a companion show to KC Plays, Art in the Loop’s summer program of temporary artwork, events, and performances. The exhibit is intended to provide insight into the development and creative process of the many local artists who are participating in this year’s public events and to encourage viewers to explore downtown and experience the art for themselves. It will run through August 3..

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